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    Old vise.......

    I don't have it mounted yet, but this vise came from my Grandfathers farm. I can't find anything like it on smeebay or any older tool sites. There are no markings on it that I can see. Anyone see one like this?







    I have a post drill press that was his also, but haven't taken pics of it yet.

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    Wish I could help you out on the ID, but I'm no help as usual. Very cool vise Joe. I wish I had some of my Grandfather's tools, but I think my Uncle got both of them.

    Wes

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    Oh yeah a very common type of vice. It was used mostly by Blacksmith's back in the day. You can find them around a lot of old barns and tool sheds, and of course in museums and old blacksmith's shops. Another very common version of that vice was miniaturized with a handle added. Known as the Hand Held Vice it too was common in the blacksmith shop.

    Just last weekend I saw two at the common ground fair. One was in a blacksmith shop they have on their fairgrounds, while another was in a blacksmiths trailer that he uses to go on the fair circuit. Yet another one I saw was at the Leonard Wood's Logging Museum in Bradley, Maine. I do have a picture of that one...well sort of. In the photo I took of the old blacksmith shop there, you can see the vice in the very left hand corner of this picture.

    They are quite common as far as vices go, and not that hard to come by, but still it has some value, and the fact that it was your grandfather's has even higher value.
    Last edited by Travis Johnson; 09-29-2007 at 12:47 AM.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Alright for some dumb reason this thing won't let me post a picture of it. We can do it another way until I can get the picture posting thing fixed.

    You have to go here:

    http://www.railroadmachinist.com/Sawmill-LM.html

    Then look for the second picture down on the left column. That is a picture of the Blacksmith Shop. In the picture there are two vices as you show. The first is on the right side, just right of the chimney and just under the window. The second is on the left side, down in the left hand corner and just shows the top part of the vice.

    They were so prevalent in Blacksmith's Shops that many had two as this shop did.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    I think that is commonly called a "Leg Vice" and I'd LOVE to have one

    They are used by blacksmiths, and my understanding is that they are NOT cast iron, but forged, and that leg extends all the way to the floor, so you can pound on it all day long and not worry about breaking it. Cast Iron vices break with too much pounding, and as they are usually bolted to the bench, the bench takes a pounding too. While this style is bolted to the bench the leg, setting on the floor, take a lot of the pounding.

    Clean it up, it's a keeper!
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    Gee, I haven't seen one of those since I was a kid, but our blacksmith had three or four of those scattered around his large shop, and as mentioned before a lot of farm/ranch shops (barns) had one of those too. One of my uncles had one in the equipment room of his horse barn too that he used to work on his harnesses plows and wagon, since he did all his farming and hauling with a team of horses. He never owned a car or truck in his life. I have no idea who made them but as Stu said, they were plenty strong and I never saw a broken one.
    Last edited by Norman Hitt; 09-29-2007 at 06:14 AM.

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    Here ya go, Travis...

    Attachment 13057

    Kewl looking vice. Always good to have some of your Dad/Grand Dad's tools.
    Last edited by Greg Cook; 09-13-2009 at 03:46 AM.

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    Thanks Greg but you missed one. There are actually two in that photo. Anyway for some reason I am able to picture post again this morning. Here are the two vices pointed out.

    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Cool, thanks a lot! Just have to find a place to mount it. Mebbe today I'll get a pic of the post drill and post it. These things will be handed down to my sons, and hopefully be in the family for a long time.

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    GOOD for you Joe, well worth the effort!
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